The Cast-Bronze Pendant Series based on Jewish Art & Hebrew
Wear Your History
Inspired by ancient coins and seals, these pendants are worn by women and men for casual or dress attire.
The pendants are made of cast-bronze using the ancient lost-wax method. This method was developed in the Ancient Near East in the late 4th millennium BCE, found then both in ancient Ur and Egypt.
Rich in color, the light affects the polished bronze in various ways as shown by the photos.
There is a limited edition of each piece.
Jewish Art and Motif Pendant Series
Paleo-Hebrew and Hebrew Pendant Series
Words and writing are central to Jewish identity. The ancient hand that carved and wrote was the inspiration for the Sukkah Soul Pendant series of Paleo-Hebrew and Hebrew.
History of Paleo-Hebrew
Paleo-Hebrew preceded the Hebrew we use today. Paleo-Hebrew was used between 10th century BCE -- 2nd century CE, and its use decreased during the Babylonian exile when it was used mainly for writing the Tanakh. The following examples were written for a variety of reasons, some for everyday use, some considered sacred.
Talmudic sages have various opinions about Paleo-Hebrew and referred to it as ‘ktav ivrit’ some believing it was used during the Exodus.
Tel Zayit Stone
The oldest Paleo-Hebrew writing found are the Tel Zayit Stone and the Gezer Stone, both from 10th C BCE, the time of David and Solomon.
Tel Zayit Stone is a boulder inscribed with the alphabet.
The Gezer Stone is a calendar with information about the seasons and agriculture.
The Samarian Ostraca (piece of pottery) dates about 850 BCE, and was found at the palace of Ahab, King of Israel. Its information is about bookkeeping and daily receipts.
Mesha Stele or Moabite Stone
The Mesha Stele or Moabite Stone, circa 840 BCE, describes the Moabites political conflicts with the Israelites and the building projects of King Mesha of Moab. It contains the earliest known mention of the God of the Israelites outside of biblical texts.
The Ostraca Lachish is a letter from an officer to a governor describing events leading up to the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BCE.
Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls include 12 scrolls written in Paleo-Hebrew including Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus. Dozens have the name of God written in Paleo-Hebrew. These date from 3rd C BCE – 1st C BCE.
Bar Kochba coins
Finally, the Bar Kochba coins, struck over Roman coins during the revolt against the Roman Empire, are dated 132-135 CE.
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